The Sellout, by Paul Beatty, is the 2016 winner of the Man Booker Prize, a leading literary award that has brought recognition, reward, and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. The book showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It is a biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court. The Sellout challenges the sacred tenets of the U.S. Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, a father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality.
Paul Beatty is a fifty-four year-old New York resident who was born in Los Angeles. He is the author of three novels – Slumberland, Tuff, and The White Boy Shuffle – and two books of poetry: Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He is also the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. Paul is the first American author to win the prize since Americans became eligible in 2014.
About the Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize, first awarded in 1969, is recognized as the leading award for exceptional literary fiction written in English. Each prize has the power to transform the winner’s career. The Man Booker Prize and Man Booker International Prize are sponsored by Man Group and underscore the firm’s charitable focus on literacy and education and commitment to excellence and entrepreneurship.
This year’s shortlist includes books by British, American, Canadian, and British-Canadian writers. Past winners of the last four decades include literary giants such as Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Iris Murdoch, and JM Coetzee. Bookshare salutes the accomplishments of these talented writers, and you can read many of their books in Bookshare’s Man Booker Special Collection.
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